Fishing, Cooking And A Yup’ik Upbringing Made Alaska’s Health Commissioner

Valerie Davidson, Alaska's health and social services commissioner, drives her 1983 Chevy truck to pick up salmon for a dinner party for 50 people.i

Valerie Davidson, Alaska’s health and social services commissioner, drives her 1983 Chevy truck to pick up salmon for a dinner party for 50 people.

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Valerie Davidson, Alaska's health and social services commissioner, drives her 1983 Chevy truck to pick up salmon for a dinner party for 50 people.

Valerie Davidson, Alaska’s health and social services commissioner, drives her 1983 Chevy truck to pick up salmon for a dinner party for 50 people.

Annie Fiedt/Alaskan Public Media

In less than 24 hours, Valerie Davidson has 50 people coming to her house for dinner.

She had planned to catch and cook enough salmon for the main course. But early in the morning, Alaska opened the Kuskokwim River to commercial fishing, which means subsistence fishermen like her can’t fish on it.

So Davidson

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/09/01/436327115/fishing-cooking-and-a-yupik-upbringing-made-alaskas-health-commissioner?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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